"Without support and funding from Harvest, we would be unable to develop, promote and sustain initiatives to address health issues and work toward a healthier future for Martinsville and Henry County. "
- Barbara Jackman, Executive Director - MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness
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News Releases - 2012

Training efforts assessed

Dec 16, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Local educators think an advanced manufacturing program being developed by the New College Institute (NCI) in Martinsville will offer students a more rigorous education than a similar program being developed elsewhere in Southside. - Read More

NCI plans to expand internship program

Nov 25, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The New College Institute (NCI) will expand its summer internship program in 2013 and open it to residents from outside the area. - Read More

NCI building ground broken

Nov 2, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Thursday was hailed by local leaders as the dawn of a new economic day for Henry County-Martinsville as the New College Institute (NCI) broke ground for a new building to be used to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. - Read More

Martinsville High School Robotics receives donation

Oct 30, 2012 - Martinville Bulletin: Representatives of Making Better Communities (MBC), the charitable arm of Mid-Atlantic Broadband, presented a $6,000 donation for the robotics program at Martinsville High School at the city school board meeting Monday night. - Read More

Harvest to offer 'PUP' grants

Oct 28, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation celebrated 10 years of community development Friday by announcing a new pilot program called "Pick up the Pace" (PUP). - Read More

EDC to host consultants

Oct 25, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville and Henry County will be showcased this weekend to eight economic development consultants in the area today through Monday, according to Mark Heath, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp. - Read More

City looks 'long-term' with uptown apartments

Oct 22, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: A new upscale apartment/office building planned uptown is needed, but it could take years for the complex to be fully successful, Martinsville officials said Friday. - Read More

RTI production begins

Oct 12, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: RTI International Metals Inc. is up and running in Henry County. - Read More

NCI building on its way

Sep 28, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The New College Institute (NCI) now has $13 million of the estimated $15 million it needs to construct a new building in uptown Martinsville, which basically ensures the project will proceed. - Read More

Harvest to give $8M to NCI for building uptown

Sep 26, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation will contribute up to $8 million toward construction of a high-tech educational building for the New College Institute (NCI) on the Baldwin Block in uptown Martinsville, officials announced Tuesday. - Read More

Harvest pledges $8 million to NCI building

Sep 25, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation will contribute up to $8 million toward construction of a high-tech educational building for the New College Institute (NCI) on the Baldwin Block in uptown Martinsville, officials announced this morning. - Read More

Kids, officials detail success

Sep 13, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The program was a community effort to help children attend summer enrichment camps and spend school vacation constructively. - Read More

Investment in the future: Pilot program sends area youth to camp

Sep 13, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Harvest paid or partially paid registration and other fees for 180 of the 630 youngsters participating in camps held throughout Martinsville and Henry County this summer. - Read More

Harvest to give $8M to NCI for building uptown

Sep 3, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation will contribute up to $8 million toward construction of a high-tech educational building for the New College Institute (NCI) on the Baldwin Block in uptown Martinsville, officials announced Tuesday. - Read More

EDC: 160 jobs are available

Aug 29, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: There are more than 160 jobs available in Martinsville and Henry County, according to the area's top economic development official. - Read More

Harvest Foundation’s assets at $185M

Jul 26, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: With $185 million in total net assets through April, The Harvest Foundation has enough money to fund its commitments and to continue to invest in the community's health, education and vitality, according to its president and annual - Read More

Having a blast at science camp

Jul 18, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Making rock candy, sucking an egg into a glass bottle and creating a Mentos geyser were just a few of the experiments that area students took part in during the New College Institute's science camp last week. - Read More

Snow White court case goes to mock trial

Jul 17, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: YMCA Summer Camp students got a feel for the courtroom on Monday during the trial of Snow White v. Eve L. Queen. - Read More

LEGO robotics camp teaches math, engineering

Jun 22, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Between building and programming robots, students were learning a lot about technology, math and engineering on Thursday. - Read More

City fifth-graders visit observatory

Jun 11, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: A group of fifth-graders from Albert Harris Elementary School recently had an out-of-this-world experience at Primland during a visit to the observatory. - Read More

Martinsville Middle among 27 state 'Schools to Watch'

Jun 8, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville Middle School (MMS) was recognized Thursday for being one of 27 schools named a "School to Watch" in Virginia. - Read More

Middle school students spend a day on the job

Jun 5, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: It's never too early to think about the future, a group of eighth-graders recently learned. - Read More

Brown trout fingerlings released

May 14, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: For the first time, Trout in the Classroom partnered with the YMCA to allow students who attend a Collinsville YMCA program to raise trout there. - Read More

Dancing for the Arts

May 2, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Clay Campbell and Kathy Rogers took the silver globe trophies home Saturday night, winning the first Piedmont Arts' Dancing for the Arts presentation. - Read More

Reaction varied on NCI plans

Apr 17, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The New College Institute's (NCI) plan to construct a building in the vacant Baldwin Block uptown drew questions, compliments and criticism during a public meeting Monday night at Albert Harris Elementary School. - Read More

Dancing for the Arts

Apr 16, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Pendleton and Bowles pick up the beat to dance the Paso Doble - Read More

NCI seeks input on building

Apr 15, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: High-tech learning is its key purpose - Read More

NCI: ‘Learning spaces’ set for new technology

Apr 15, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Classrooms in the proposed New College Institute (NCI) building would not be like those in which most area residents have been educated. - Read More

NCI plans altered

Apr 11, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Second main entrance, green space added - Read More

Rock Ridge Trail has opened at Beaver Creek Reservoir

Apr 11, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Rock Ridge Trail offers more wilderness experience for outdoor enthusiasts in Henry County, Dan River Basin Association program manager Brian Williams said. - Read More

New trail will open today at reservoir

Apr 10, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Rock Ridge Trail, the newest multi-use trail in Henry County, officially will open today at the Beaver Creek Reservoir. - Read More

DeVault, Davis ready to cha-cha

Apr 9, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Dancing for the Arts - Read More

Courses, careers connect at readiness night events

Apr 9, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: About 300 Martinsville High School students and their families learned about new school programs and how they connect to future careers at College and Career Readiness Nights last week. - Read More

NCI plans draw praise

Apr 8, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Building proposed uptown - Read More

NCI unveils building plans

Apr 6, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Academics, manufacturing, heritage have a place - Read More

NCI: High-tech training will attract companies

Apr 6, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Martinsville area has the potential to become a center for advanced manufacturing, as well as research and development, in a few years, according to New College Institute (NCI) officials. - Read More

Students make earth-friendly planters

Apr 3, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: First-grade classes at Patrick Henry Elementary School recently made earth-friendly planters. - Read More

Courthouse cannons moved to new sites

Apr 1, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: To make way for landscape project - Read More

Visit to area shaped speaker

Mar 29, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Berry spoke to about 600 people Wednesday at Patrick Henry Community College. - Read More

School visitors see iPad success story

Mar 29, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Tablet computers are high-tech textbooks for county students - Read More

Power snacks are great before activity

Mar 28, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Several young runners have learned that nutritious food doesn't have to be bland. - Read More

Penn is teacher of the year

Mar 28, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Alice Penn, a special education teacher at Albert Harris Elementary School, is the Martinsville School Division's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year. - Read More

Students bring chess to life

Mar 26, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The chess pieces in play at Albert Harris Elementary School on Friday were a little bigger than usual -- and quite a bit more life-like. - Read More

Waller and Harris get ready to tango

Mar 26, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of stories about couples who will compete in "Dancing for the Arts," a competition to benefit Piedmont Arts Association's educational programs. - Read More

MHS trio dominates Martinsville 5K race

Mar 26, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: About 500 people from 13 states took part in the Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K - Read More

VMNH exhibit explores moonshining, racing

Mar 25, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Visitors to the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Saturday explored the area's history of moonshining and racing. - Read More

College showcase draws around 400

Mar 25, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Spectators were treated to nine collegiate soccer matches at 2012 Smith River College Showcase free of charge on Saturday, but those weren't the only games being played at the Smith River Sports Complex. - Read More

Robotics team to travel to national competition

Mar 23, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: An outpouring of community support will help send the robotics team from the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science and Technology to St. Louis, Mo., in April to compete in the FIRST Championship finals. - Read More

Assessment set at Baldwin Block

Mar 22, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Survey and environmental crews soon will start inspecting the Baldwin Block uptown as part of a needs assessment for the New College Institute, the city announced in a news release Wednesday. - Read More

'Rocks to Racing'

Mar 21, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Exhibit shows racing link - Read More

SRSC to host three events Saturday

Mar 21, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Smith River Sports Complex (SRSC) will be busy this weekend, as it is hosting men's college soccer, a high school soccer jam and a semi-professional football game. - Read More

Roads to close Saturday for half-marathon, 5K uptown

Mar 20, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Motorists planning to travel through the city on Saturday morning may find a few closed roads as hundreds of runners take part in the Martinsville half-marathon and 5K. - Read More

PCS marks four decades

Mar 13, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Tobin, others reflect on organization's impact - Read More

Teachers catch the beat as they prepare for dance competition

Mar 12, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Dancing for the Arts - Read More

Ground is broken on courthouse landscaping project

Mar 9, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Ground was broken Thursday to launch the Garden Club of Virginia's landscape project at the former Henry County courthouse. - Read More

Rothtrock: Harvest Welcomes Public Input

Mar 8, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation is a private organization, but it listens to the public's ideas about what projects should be funded in the community, according to its chief executive. - Read More

Harvest marks 10th year

Mar 8, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: More Than $74 million given in 180 grants - Read More

New Fieldale trail to offer insight into industry here

Feb 23, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Area residents and visitors soon will be able to learn about the local textile industry -- past and present -- and its impact on the community while they get some exercise. - Read More

Cupcake Wars

Feb 22, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Students wage sweet battle at Spencer-Penn: There was a war going on recently at Spencer-Penn Centre, but instead of battle cries and machine guns, this war involved laughter -- and buttercream frosting. - Read More

LamTech to create 30 jobs

Feb 21, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Ohio company to invest $3 million in county plant: The improving economy, the skills of Henry County-area workers and the assistance of governments and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. - Read More

CEO: LamTech a 'nuts-and-bolts' firm

Feb 21, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Fred Zoeller describes Laminate Technologies (LamTech) as a "conservative, nuts-and-bolts company" that produces customized laminated panels and fabricated components for kitchen cabinets, furniture and store fixtures. - Read More

CHILL, HEY! mark a decade of promoting healthy choices

Feb 20, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: CHILL and HEY! are celebrating 10 years of empowering youth and families to make healthy life choices. - Read More

Hotel project funds sought

Feb 15, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Phoenix official briefs city council on plans - Read More

Runners training with YMCA

Feb 15, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: For half-marathon, 5K run - Read More

Teens receive a dose of reality with money management program

Feb 12, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The youth took part in "Reality Store," a money management program through the Virginia Cooperative Extension. - Read More

Heath sees positive trends in economic data for area

Feb 8, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Data illustrates several positive trends, according to Mark Heath, president and CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County EDC. - Read More

Students to debate social media's effects on health

Feb 7, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Is social media good or bad for your health? That question will be debated by several Martinsville High School students. - Read More

Sports complex impact gauged

Feb 6, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: SRSC says economic impact doubled - Read More

VMNH moves awards event to capital

Feb 6, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville museum is seeking more of a statewide presence - Read More

TheatreWorks' "Revue" spans 40 years of music

Feb 2, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: A little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll. - Read More

'Dancing for the Arts'

Feb 1, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Dance teams will compete to support PAA programs - Read More

From samba to rumba, dancers set to have fun

Feb 1, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The dancers and their partners for the April 21 event were announced Tuesday at Piedmont Arts. - Read More

PHCC, Averett OK program for transfers

Feb 1, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Patrick Henry Community College and Averett University have begun a Passport Transfer Program to help more students receive four-year degrees. - Read More

Intern deadline is Friday

Jan 31, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: NCI program remains mostly for local students - Read More

PHCC will expand 'STEM' offerings

Jan 30, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Future careers seen in science, technology, engineering and math - Read More

United Way hits 88 percent of goal

Jan 27, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Committee will decide on allocations - Read More

Student chess players face off in showdown

Jan 23, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Murmurs of "checkmate" filled the library at Patrick Henry Elementary School recently as Patrick Henry students faced their peers from Albert Harris Elementary in a chess showdown. - Read More

Event promotes healthy choices

Jan 22, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Local students learned about healthy eating habits and healthy lifestyles Thursday as part of Virginia Healthy Youth Day. - Read More

Shop local initiative: Every dollar matters

Jan 22, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Survey, website, mass marketing all part of effort - Read More

Girls on the Run to hold first registration in area

Jan 20, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Girls on the Run will serve girls in third through eighth grades. During the 10-week program, participants will train for a 5K run (about 3 miles) and will be taught lessons that empower them. - Read More

Rich Acres students honored for award

Jan 20, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Blue Ribbon School - Read More

Students use new NCI lab

Jan 19, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The New College Institute opened a state-of-the-art science lab last week on Fayette Street. - Read More

Food is work and play for Johnson

Jan 18, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Tamara Johnson grew up around people who knew how to cook and did so often. - Read More

New Henry County school superintendent makes rounds

Jan 18, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Jared A. Cotton's first day on the job as superintendent of Henry County Schools was a busy one. - Read More

Event addresses MLK's vision

Jan 18, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: About 40 people talked Tuesday about how to move Martinsville-Henry County closer to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of a "beloved community" during a roundtable program at the New College Institute. - Read More

Local bike club cleans up area

Jan 15, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Twelve members of the Henry County Bike Club braved cold temperatures and windy conditions on Friday to pick up trash and debris. - Read More

Paintings, 3-D invite viewers' own interpretations

Jan 15, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Artist Dianne Smith creates something out of nothing. - Read More

Wampler at NCI: Education supports economic development

Jan 12, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Higher education and economic development go hand-in-hand, according to the New College Institute's new executive director. - Read More

First part of revitalization project is unveiled

Jan 12, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: The first portion of uptown Martinsville's revitalization project was unveiled on Wednesday, and additional improvements are planned soon. - Read More

Nationally certified teachers honored

Jan 11, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Twelve teachers who earned National Board certification and another who earned certification and later recertification were recognized Tuesday at Henry County Schools' first National Board Certification Recognition Banquet. - Read More

Teachers' success may set example for others

Jan 11, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: At a banquet Tuesday night, several Henry County Schools officials said they hope that having 13 educators in the school system who have achieved National Board Certification will inspire others to do the same. - Read More

Healthy cooking is back on the table

Jan 11, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: To start out the new year right - Read More

Fifty years after they enrolled, early PHCC students reflect

Jan 10, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: As Patrick Henry Community College celebrates its 50th anniversary, three of the first students to enroll at the school reflected on the ways things have changed -- and the ways they haven't -- at PHCC in the last half century. - Read More

TheatreWorks unveils 2012 lineup: 'Spicy with a kick'

Jan 6, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: TheatreWorks Community Players is sharing TV chef Julia Child's recipe for success in the upcoming season. - Read More

Wampler: NCI well-positioned to seek funds under governor's budget plan

Jan 5, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: New College Institute is well-positioned to seek funding under Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed higher education package. - Read More

Wampler will lead NCI

Jan 4, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: State Sen. William Wampler envisions the New College Institute as a "pipeline" that will enable area students to pursue higher education. - Read More

Wampler helped with NCI's start

Jan 4, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Wampler, who is leaving the Senate after 24 years, is the Senate's senior ranking member of the Republican Party and played a key role in crafting the state budget as a member of the Budget Conference Committee since 1997. - Read More

William Wampler picked to lead New College Institute

Jan 4, 2012 - Roanoke Times: The outgoing state senator from Bristol was lauded for taking over the New College Institute. - Read More

Retiring Sen. Wampler will head New College Institute

Jan 4, 2012 - Washington Post: The board of directors at New College Institute in Martinsville unanimously tapped Wampler to be their new executive director Tuesday. - Read More

Grading project 'meet, greet' planned

Jan 2, 2012 - Martinsville Bulletin: Goal is to help other businesses benefit from work at park - Read More



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